Chef and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave
Rep. Jim Hines, CT-4
Areas of interest: sustainability, food affordability and accessibility, agriculture, food justice, food aid, and seafood sustainability
"The choices that we make, the food that we buy, and the people that we support have everything to do with the outcome of our community."
Michel Nischan is co-founder of Wholesome Wave, an organization that assists underserved urban and rural communities in connecting to local agriculture for equitable access to affordable, locally grown foods. His food justice policy work led to benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–federal food-purchasing assistance for no- or low-income individuals–being accepted at farmers markets around the country to help reduce reliance on unhealthy processed food. Michel was named Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program’s 2012 Chef of the Year for his commitment to sustainable seafood. He has been published in Huffington Post where he shares information on the Farm Bill and providing equal access to wholesome food. He spoke at TEDx Manhattan on "food deserts," areas around the country where there is a lack of affordable, accessible food. He is a founding advisory board member of CAN.
Organization affiliations: Wholesome Wave, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, Rodale Institute, Amazon Conservation Team, and Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment